Monday, 25 December 2017

Blogmas Day 25- A Very Happy Christmas To You


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A very very Happy Christmas to you all. I hope you all have a good, restful and happy day. Remember that self-care, health and wellbeing is still important today. 
If you don't celebrate Christmas I hope you have a good and happy day as well.

If you are suffering in any way please feel free to message me and If you need help remember that it is always available, even on Christmas. Christmas can be lonely so remember to reach out to people. 

Lots of love from Bethany x

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Saturday, 23 December 2017

Blogmas Day 23 - My 2018 Expectations

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This will be a fairly short post but it’s an important one that I want to write and eventually look back on. My expectations for 2017 were tame, I didn’t expect much from it if I’m honest. 2016 wasn’t the best of years for me and I just assumed that 2017 would be a continuation of that, but honestly its actually been a lot better than I thought. Now none of this means it WILL happen but rather what I’d like and expect to happen. Things can change but these are what I know is possible.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Blogmas Day 22 - A 2017 Roundup

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So, as we draw closer to Christmas Day, the end of blogmas and the end of 2017 now seems like a good time to round up the last year. From the new year’s resolutions, I set the aims I wanted to achieve by the end of 2017 I want to talk about it all. It seems crazy to think we have gone through yet another year, as I grow older they do start to go much quicker. 

The first thing I want to touch on is all the positives of 2017. While I do think sometimes my life revolves around negativity I do have to start recognising that things do go right too. 
My favourite 2017 photo.
  • I hit another year with James; we are up to 4 now. Every year I feel more love for him and every year I can see our future that little bit clearer. 
  • James & I stayed in Brighton twice this year. Each time was sunny, and it was just so special. It is our favourite place and it just so relaxing to be there together. 
  • James & I also made a lot of positive and important decisions to start the process of living together. It’s been a long time coming but honestly, I’m so ready and at least now the ball is rolling and it will happen!
  • I’ve had a lot of special times with my brother this year. We spent a week together in Cornwall, we’ve had day trips out and a few movie nights. 4yo is such a lovely age, I don’t want him to grow up. 
  • We did have a fertility appointment. Whatever the outcome and how we felt we did make the step to get that help and I’m proud of us for doing it. 
  • My mental health has been, overall, the best its been in years. I still struggle now and again obviously but I’m coping much better and my overall mood is a lot happier.
  • I have blogged every single month this year. I have taken a few breaks, but in general, I have been regularly posting on my blog and I have loved it. 
  • While I haven’t lost weight I also haven’t got near to the same weight I was in 2016 which is a big plus. Every year since I was about 14 I have put weight on, this will be the first year I haven’t been larger than the year before and I’m proud of that. 

I’d say that they are quite big positives for me. When I think back on 2017 I can look back be happy that I have actually had a pretty positive year. 

So, my new year’s resolutions last year were to 

1. Start Blogging 

2. To lose weight 

3. To read more 

4. Get fertility help 

5. On track with my degree

At the time 5 seemed to be too little to focus on the whole year but honestly, I didn’t realise just how much effort would go into every single resolution I made. I knew I wanted to try and achieve them all and I knew it would be hard. I didn’t think would I have actually hit them all though.

As I said I have been consistently blogging since January. I have lost some weight and I continue to lose weight. I have definitely read a lot more, I can’t say how many for sure because I read at Mine, James’ and my mums but I know it has been more than the 5 I did last year. We did dive into fertility help, obviously, from my blog post, you can tell it wasn’t as positive as we hoped but we did do it. Lastly, I know for sure that I ended the summer on another 1st and I’ve started my next year already. 

There have obviously been negatives this year and I don’t want to dwell on them, but I will write a few so there’s contrast. 
  • James still hasn’t got the help he needs for his health, he is now at least seeing someone who I have some hope for, but I just hate seeing him in pain and in this limbo of treatment. 
  • We didn’t conceive naturally this year. I didn’t think we would which is why seeking fertility help was a resolution but part of me had hope that my body could do it. 
  • I lost my job and have been on benefits since February. Unfortunately, my last job was not ok with my health needs and made life very difficult for me. I am having problems with the DWP but I’m surviving
  • My health has not improved like I thought it might. I wasn’t expecting miracles but I kind of thought something would progress but sadly no. I still have all the symptoms I had last year plus a few more I think. It’s all about managing them now rather. 
So, there we have it. A roundup of the last year, to say it's been mixed is probably an understatement but I’d say the positives this year have no doubt outweighed the negatives. Everything happens for a reason as they say and I’m sure that 2018 will be a great year for both me, James and my family.



If you haven't already seen it, you can view all my blogmas posts here.

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Blogmas Day 20- Weightloss Wednesday || The Benefits Of Water

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My fertility appointment this time last week really opened my eyes to how much I have been slacking on my weight loss. Sure, I’ve lost a few pounds and I haven’t reached what I was this time last year but hovering still isn’t good enough. If I was hovering at a weight that was healthy then that would be great, but I’m hovering at a dangerous weight and its time to change that.

With the help of some lovely ladies on Twitter and my lovely partner, I have started taking this challenge to lose at least 4 stone very seriously. One part of my change that is crucial to me and always has been is increasing my water intake. I used to drink Pepsi all the time, every day in fact. I decided to cut it down to when I’m just out and ONLY drinking water based drinks (Coffee, Squash, Tea) when I’m at home and what a difference I have seen.

Due to this, and not actually knowing the benefits myself I decided hey, why not write a post about the benefits of drinking water!

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Blogmas Day 19- My To Be Read List

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So today I'm not feeling so good. It’s only a cold but with my other illnesses, it leaves me feeling exhausted and run down. I’m not going to let it affect me too much before Christmas, I have too much to do so instead I'm spending a day feeling sorry for myself, tucked up in bed, warm with a good book. 

Talking of books, and feeling so poo I decided to put up a smaller post that didn’t require as much effort as what I did have planned for today. I want to carry on posting blogmas posts and I refuse, just because of a cold, to ruin that streak. This is a list of all the books on my To Be Read list. This will be a great way for others to get some ideas but also for me to keep track of how much I’m reading and how much I have left to read.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Blogmas Day 18 - Christmas This Or That

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I realise that this week has consisted of a fair few tags but I am loving completing them. I’m trying to incorporate a few more Christmas themed posts now, as we enter the final week. I am so excited for Christmas this year; I’m spending the holidays with James, my brother finally understands it more and is excited, my mental health running up to Christmas has been stable and I feel prepared. I’ve also been loving doing Blogmas and this has only increased the excitement. 

Today's post is a bit of fun, but it is Christmas themed this time. I have seen this floating around the internet and while I may have changed a few questions it is mostly little bits taken from other tags and made Christmassy.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Blogmas Day 17 - A Quick Relationship Tag

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So, I’ve been trying to use Blogmas as a way of getting to know me a little more so I thought, how great would a small relationship tag be. I have made this myself, because I’m writing this alone, but I do eventually want to do a tag with both of us. Feel free to use the tag yourself, and tag me when you finish so I can read it too. I love being nosy.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Blogmas Day 16 - 50 Facts About Me

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Can you believe we are finally on a single digit countdown for Christmas Day now?!

I decided that during Blogmas would be a great time for people to get to know me a little more. I have done a small 25 Questions Tag before, but this is just 50 random facts about me. I’m not a widely exciting person but there are a few things that stick out about me.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Blogmas Day 15 - My First Fertility Appointment

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So, on Wednesday I had my first fertility appointment and while I won’t go into details etc I wanted to touch on what happened. 

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll know it was not a positive experience for me. Something that I had been looking forward to and was eagerly hoping would lead to some help soon became a negative event for me and I already want to move to a different specialist. I will not talk about where the appointment was, details, any long explanations or names but I do just want to document this for myself. While this was a negative appointment it was the first step in the fertility journey. 

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Blogmas Day 14- Planning A Social Media Outage

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So, the last couple of weeks have been insane. Busy with appointments, injuries, illnesses and general Christmassy bits. I feel like it has been none stop for me, and it has drained me of precious energy. With my Fibromyalgia, I don’t generally sleep well so with the early starts, busy days and worry I have lacked a lot of necessary sleep. My body is screaming at me for a rest and guess what…I’ve listened and its happening.

First things first, I am still doing Blogmas. I did think about stopping for a few days and giving myself some time but honestly, I am loving it, so I don’t want. I’ll have some scheduled and ready to go.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Blogmas Day 13- Weightloss Wednesday At Christmas

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It’s been a while since I last wrote a weightloss Wednesday post. I took some time off in November to focus on my studies and my anniversary with James but now I’m back doing blogmas and what a great time to get back into it. I’ve been on and off track with my weight loss, but I am still trying to get my weight down. I have had my first fertility appointment today and weight is something I’m trying to focus on so hard. 

I decided to talk a bit about weight loss around occasions, particularly focusing on Christmas. Everyone knows that Christmas Is for pigging out and most years I do and if that’s what you wish to do then do it. I am not here to judge anyone’s decisions only to help others with there’s. I am trying to stick as much as possible to my diet over Christmas. It’s now important for fertility/pregnancy that kind of thing that I keep the weight off and down. I am also struggling a bit with body image and I think losing some weight could help with that too.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Blogmas Day 12- This Year's Christmas Wishlist

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We are on day 12 of Blogmas already and I can’t quite believe how fast this month is going. I am so excited for Christmas, but creating lists for my family and James has been so hard this year. Not because I don’t need anything but because the things I need are expensive, and we have limits. Between me, my 3 sisters and my brother you can imagine the money having to be spent at Christmas. 

After thinking long and hard; and obviously having to go window shopping a few times I have finally come up with lists for both parents and James and I thought I’d share them with you. Santa (my mum) always gives us 3 presents every year that are the same then the rest are things off our lists. My dad just gives us a limit and says tell me what you want and then buys it for us. Practical and to the point!

Monday, 11 December 2017

Blogmas Day 11- What's In My Bag: Winter Edition

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Something a little different on my blog today. I do rarely dive into the whole beauty/cosmetics side of blogging because while I love makeup I am no expert and I also don’t have the budget to be one. However, I have wanted to do this for a while and I have seen quite a few people do it themselves…a What’s in your bag: winter edition. 

I live in the UK, close to London, so during winter the weather changes almost every day and never stays the same, so my bag is prepared for every situation. The bag I use is just a black hangbag, fairly big in size. It has a strap that can be attached for holding over the shoulder, or shorter straps to carry it. I got it from T X Maxx for my birthday.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Blogmas Day 10 - Favourite Things With A Christmas Twist

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It’s that time of month again, the roundup of my favourites is upon us. This time round again, is quite a mix but this month it does seem to be drink or games, why this is I’m not sure! I wanted to put a slightly more Christmassy theme on it but I’m not sure I actually managed it.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Blogmas Day 9- My Preconceptions Of Motherhood

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So, with my infertility appointment so close now, (13th of December) I’ve been thinking a lot more about what I want in all aspects of motherhood. From pregnancy to birth and beyond I have always had strict preconceptions in my mind of how I intended to raise my children and how I wanted my births to go (yes births, I want 3 children, if possible). So, I decided during Blogmas what a great time to write down and record for myself what I wanted to do to eventually look back and see whether I stayed so strict to my ideas.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Blogmas Day 8- Gift Guide For Children Under 5

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Everyone knows that Christmas is a stressful time of year, and thinking of presents to buy is just as stressful as buying and affording them. I have a lot of experience of buy presents for children, but this year I have been flooded with ideas for presents and thought I would share some with you. Obviously, I am no expert but my experience of buying for other children is very long.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Blogmas Day 7- Quotes About Christmas Time

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With Christmas less than 20 days away I decided to start looking at Christmas quotes. I like to have a few in mind for when I write cards etc. I thought I would compile a few of my favourites into a list for everyone else to read.

Christmas does mean very different things to different people. For me its all about giving to the people you love and spending time with the people you love. It's seen as a time to do good for others such as charity work or giving back but honestly, I feel that this should be something that is done throughout the year. I do also believe Christmas has become more commercialised and while I love Christmas I don't love the emphasis nowadays on the materialistic expensive side of things.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Blogmas Day 6- My Wilson's Disease Mini-Series

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As most of you are aware, I blog about several different topics, but there is one subject that I always come back to chronic illness and disability. Most people know that I suffer from multiple issues, but I rarely talk about the fact that my partner, James, also suffers from chronic illnesses. His are much rarer than mine so not very talked about. For this reason, I’m starting a new series all about one of his conditions, Wilson's Disease.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Blogmas Day 5- My Chronic Illness Survival Tips For Christmas

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So, we all know how busy Christmas really is. It’s nonstop for weeks before all leading to a few days at the end of the month. Obviously, it’s a lovely time of year (it's my favourite) but for some, it is just another day in the battle against chronic illness and disability.
I decided to write up a list of my tips for surviving the Christmas period with a disability. I won’t lie and say they will all suit everyone’s needs perfectly but hopefully somewhere on this list, you will find some help. These are what have worked for me.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Blogmas Day 4- Experience Christmas in London

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So yesterday I visited London with my dad and 2 of my sisters. It’s a tradition that we always go in December to see the lights. My parents, me and one of my sisters are originally from London so it’s sort of like going back home. I feel so at home in London I really do. It’s so alive. So, I thought, what’s better than a blogmas post on what to do in London at Christmas time. There is honestly something for everyone in London.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Blogmas Day 3- My Christmas Tag

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For Blogmas day 3, and to spread a little cheer and learn more about my Christmas I decided to do a little Christmas tag. I come from a large family, so family for me is actually a 3 or 4-day event in order to celebrate with everyone. Some of these questions I have added myself.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Blogmas Day 2- My Top 10 Christmas Movies Guide

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Blogmas day 2 is upon us. Today I’m putting up my Christmas decorations and going to football with James. This weekend is busy which I’m hoping my health will stay ok for. Christmas is my busiest time of year other than June and July! 
I’m going to list my top 10 Christmas movies. As a child they were a huge part of our Christmas, there were 4 of us girls and we were all close in age so we used to have Christmas movie marathons. We would usually fight over which movies to watch though, so now that I live alone I have full range of when and what Christmas movies I watch. As an obsessive collector of DVD’s, I have one for every day of December up until Christmas. Sort of like a Christmas movie Advent calendar. 

Friday, 1 December 2017

Blogmas Day 1- Baby Names I Love But Won't Be Using

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So today is the first day of December, honestly, I am still in shock. This year has flown, I cannot think of where that time has gone. We are finally nearing the end of the year and I’m looking forward to entering 2018, but more on that later.

So, to kick off blogmas today I’m doing a post I have been planning for a while. I’ve seen it floating around and it has been quite nice to think about while I’ve been battling my demons. Many people that have read my blog or follow me on social media know I have PCOS, and this has really affected my fertility. You can read about it in my TTC Tag. Since August 2016, we have been trying for a baby and have our first fertility appointment coming up. So, this was particularly fun to make!

Monday, 13 November 2017

New Favourites I've Found & Enjoyed This Month

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Recently I've acquired quite a few more favourites so I decided how about I share them with you all. I enjoy doing favourite blog posts my last ones September Favourites and February favourite has a large gap in the middle. Im finally trying a lot more new things or I'm rediscovering old favourites from years ago!

Friday, 27 October 2017

My Review of the Thrive App for Mobiles

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Today is another review, one that I am quite excited to do. I was given a free time period to check out the app, navigate it and pretty much use it for my own mental health problems to then review back to you. As always, however, this will be completely honest and unbias. I won't go into everything because it would be great for you to explore it yourself but I will talk about my favourite things, some criticisms and the bits I felt were most helpful! As a little background, I have suffered from anxiety and depression since I was 12, so a little over 12 years. I take medication, use all kinds of techniques and have been in therapy.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Get To Know My Journey To Conceive

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So I see so many YouTube TTC tags which I love to watch but I rarely see anyone do blog TTC tags. I think they're a great way to get to know the basis of people, especially with such an important topic such as trying for a baby. 

Monday, 9 October 2017

The Best Quotes About The Autumn Season

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So Autumn technically started on the 22nd Of September, however, I don't really get into the Autumn season until the start of October. Falling leaves of lovely colours, colder days, misty mornings just everything about this time is my favourite. It's one of the most beautiful times of the year, and so many people agree, although I have to say a lot more people are jumping on it this year. So what better time to compile a list of my favourite quotes about Autumn than the beginning of October. Whether these are well known or not I love these quotes. They perfectly explain my love for Autumn. 

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Charity Spotlight - The Sunnybank Trust, Epsom

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The Sunnybank Trust, Epsom - http://www.sunnybanktrust.org/

My last charity spotlight on The Childrens Trust, Tadworth was on a charity extremely close to where I live, so today's while I have moved slightly further afield it isn't by much, about 4 miles I think. The Sunnybank Trust is a charity I have only just heard about but it does such great work for such important causes. 

Friday, 29 September 2017

A New Mixture Of My Favourite Things At The Moment

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As I’ve been going back through my old posts and tweaking them to bringing them up to my standard of writing now I realised that I haven’t done a favourites post since February, which you can find here. I would have loved to have made it a reoccurring theme but I’m not one to change anything up. My anxiety means I hate change and any change needed must be a slow transition. As you can imagine a bit of a nightmare!

But finally, I have some more favourites and my oh my I do love them. It’s a real mixture again this time around; food, drink, music etc and I’ll try to remember where I got things from and how much for but I can’t be sure!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Weightloss Wednesday || Get To Know My Weight Loss In 15 Questions


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Today’s Weightloss Wednesday is a little different. As I am at 10 posts for my Weightloss Wednesday Series, I thought I’d do an update in the form of a weightloss tag I have seen floating around. If I’m honest I’m surprised I’ve even made it to 10! I have been dieting for nearly 12 years (albeit on and off) with some series losses and some series gain, but this is the first time I’ve had a real goal that is motivating.

Monday, 25 September 2017

The Best Quotes From Strong Empowering Women

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There have been countless amounts of empowering and incredible women throughout history, with many making important role models for so many other people. From authors to politicians, singers to designers women have been an important part in the making of our current world, yet being a woman is still a struggle in today's society. I've decided to create a list of my favourite quotes from just a handful of these amazing women. In life, you need a strong role model to help guide and inspire you and luckily the world is full to the brim of amazing women to choose from.
I actually want to dedicate this list to the new Facebook Group I'm a moderator for that celebrates and empowers women! 
Celebrate Your Uniqueness is a brilliant group of brilliant women which I am more than thrilled to be a part of!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Weightloss Wednesday || Losing Weight & Being Healthy Is Not Cheap

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Today I want to talk about how hard it is to be healthy and lose weight on a budget. I am not able to work at the moment, due to many issues; my physical health, my mental health, where I live etc. Trust me I have tried but I haven’t found a job suitable for all my needs yet (but I will!) Due to this I do live on a budget, a very low budget. If anyone else in my situation knows, what you get is very very little. I’m talking maybe having £15 a week, sometimes less, on food for a week. In that, it also has to include essentials etc. So, it’s a mission! I wouldn't be able to afford any food really if it wasnt for James. 

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Advice For People Travelling Long Journeys With Disabilities

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So, I’ve just come back from a wonderful week in Cornwall with my Mum, Step Dad and little brother. It was brilliant. Despite the fact, the weather was a little problematic (we did get a little sun) it didn’t stop us doing everything we wanted to do. Picnic in the car at the beach, cream teas, walks, cosy nights in. I flew down because I went down a week after they first went down but in the back of my mind I knew what was coming at the end. About a 6-hour journey home in a car with potential traffic! It was a nightmare but I handled it well.

So, with that, I thought I’d do a post on travelling on long journeys with disabilities.  I have made a list of the tips I found helpful on m journey. It wasn’t without fault, I still ended up with cramp in both legs, back spasms and a constant headache over the next 24 hours but it could have been worse.

Friday, 15 September 2017

My Review of No Filter by Grace Victory

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Author  — Grace F Victory

Genre — Biography

Published — 2017

Amazon Synopsis From struggling with an eating disorder and body image issues to flashing Harry Potter (yes, that really did happen), Grace Victory has experienced it all. Here, in No Filter, Grace shares her inspirational story of growing up in a troubled household, battling with depression and finally overcoming it all by learning to love herself just as she is. After years of self-loathing and self-destructive behaviour, she hit an all-time low but thanks to therapy, good friends and an award-winning blog, she has rebuilt herself to become a TV presenter and an inspirational role model for young people. Thanks to her bravery, instinctive honesty and ability to break down taboos, Grace is now able to speak openly about her personal battles and she regularly offers guidance to her legion of fans.
Brimming with hilarious anecdotes and no-nonsense advice, the Internet's Big Sister tells you everything you need to know about accepting yourself and fighting back, in style. 
I give this book 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

I must add this before you read on, this book for me comes with a trigger warning. It contains some sensitive issues. This may also contain some spoilers.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Weightloss Wednesday || The Benefits Of A Solid Breakfast

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Breakfast is the only meal that I regularly skip, by that I mean it’s about 5 out of 7 days that I don’t eat it. There are multiple reasons, I might be going out and I’ve woken up late, I don’t like my breakfast etc but more than likely it’s because I sleep through it.

Monday, 11 September 2017

The Best Relatable Disney Quotes In One List

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Today I want to focus on quotes from Disney Films.

Everyone loves Disney films, I actually have never met someone who doesn’t have at least one favourite Disney film. I did a post on my favourite Disney films! Despite being children's films they have sometimes deep and meaningful morals behind the films. From there, we get some absolutely cracking quotes for pretty much everything. From fish, with memory loss to emotions in a child's brain, there is something being talked about in every film that someone can relate to. So with that, I thought, why not put all my favourite and most important quotes into my new Quote list series.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Charity Spotlight - The Childrens Trust, Tadworth

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The Childrens Trust, Tadworth - https://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk

This charity is one that is very close to my heart and to where I live. I attended a primary school about 2 minutes from where they are based and live in the same village too. My boyfriend, while not as serious as these children’s and not half as bad, does have brain damage caused by his illness, so I feel a sense of closeness to the subject of brain injuries and illnesses.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Weightloss Wednesday || Subtle, Easy & Positive Changes For Weightloss

I wanted to talk first about how badly I have done this week. I am so disappointed in myself because of the way I have eaten, I know I can do it but for some reason, my will power is at almost zero. I recently had a run in with some 12 years olds who called me fat and massive and honestly it didn't upset me because my self-worth doesn't come from the words of a 12-year-old but it did open my eyes to the fact that I am obviously bigger in other people's eyes than in mine. I honestly look in the mirror and while I feel massive I don’t feel obese. I feel this may be a coping mechanism though because I am aware I probably do look bigger. I was bullied as a child about my weight and it affected me badly at first, as it does when you're a child. It seems to hurt more coming from someone your own age. I like to think I've done a great job to get to the point now where words about my weight do not hurt me. 

Monday, 21 August 2017

The Best Quotes To Make You Feel More Motivated

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So, with the start of the new quotes series, I have so far focused on Positive quotes and Harry Potter quotes. Today I want to focus on Motivational Quotes.

While you may think, well aren’t positive quotes the same as motivational quotes; well sort of. Positive quotes are great but motivational quotes focus more on the need to get something done such as work, writing, painting anything especially if you are stuck procrastinating or in a slump of inspiration. They make you focus on the good that can come from continuing or finishing something. I use these through A-level and more recently throughout my University work to try and remind and encourage myself of the benefits of finishing but also the great feeling that comes with it. Whether you are trying to change the world, better yourself or just enjoying a project these quotes can help you find and carry that spark through to the end.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Accessibility Review On Our Latest London Trip

London Panorama, Big Ben

So, James & I went to London on Monday, I suffered after with pain in my hips, feet and back but I’m so glad we went. I sometimes feel upset when we visit these places because it reminds me that I’m not in a position both financially or physically to do little trips out like this as much as I’d like too. My body is fragile, so is James (although he will never in 1million years admit it) so I tend to stay in my comfort zone where I know rest isn’t far away.

Anyway, so we stayed on the south bank area, one of my favourites in fact because we were visiting the sea life centre and London Dungeons. Now, this was my first time going to the dungeons at all, I’ve been to the sea life centre a lot but it was my first time seeing the new ocean invaders display! My main worry was accessibility. With James using a stick and with my feet, back and hip I was worried about how we would get on which is what inspired this post. I thought I’d talk about the accessibility and ease of going to these places with disabilities and mobility aids.


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Weightloss Wednesday || Time To Change For The Baby I Want So Badly

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So, the last few weeks I haven’t been blogging, mainly because my laptop was running so slow it was taking much longer to do anything. So now I and J have invested in a computer I’m getting back into the swing of things. To kick it off I’m doing my first Weight loss Wednesday in a while.

Monday, 17 July 2017

I Was Nominated For The Liebster Award!

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I am so happy to have been nominated for the Liebster Award by this brilliant blogger. The Liebster Award is aimed at recognising newer blogs for their impact on the blogging community and their hard work and effort. It also allows you to make connections and become a bigger part of the blogger community itself.

I would like to say huge thank you to This Big Wild World for nominating me. I thoroughly recommend this blog to anyone with a love of travel, the world or people who love photography, in fact, anyone in general really. Her blog is full of beautiful pictures and I must say I am very very jealous of the adventures and experiences she gets from solo travelling! This is a great opportunity and means a lot to me!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Weightloss Wednesday || Using The Summer To Make Positive Changes

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So with the warm weather, the UK has been having lately and the negative weightless posts I've been putting out, I decided today would be different. 
Today's post is all about positive steps and the positive aspects of weight loss and exercise. Too many people get down in the dumps and stressed over losing weight, regular exercise and eating healthy I'm guilty of this but I realised yesterday to actually commit to this I need to be fully into it and I need to stop associating it with negativity. So time to get positive!

Monday, 10 July 2017

The Best Quotes That Will Make You Feel More Positive

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So my Harry Potter Inspirational Quotes List did so well I thought I'd do another list of quotes.

There are many reasons people feel the need to hear or read quotes; whether to get through the day, motivate themselves or even just because they enjoy them. I have always loved Pinterest for Quotes, well graphics of quotes, but the best quotes come from books, films and people. Positive quotes are the best and motivational quotes are what keep me going and reminds me of what I can achieve if I try. I've written down a few of my favourites. In fact, when I was going through my A-Levels, being told by teachers I wouldn't achieve and while doing my university essays etc these are a few of the best that got me through. They also reminded me, while battling my Mental Health issues, that life is precious and we only get one, so to make it the best I can.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Weightloss Wednesday || Eating Is My Terrible Nightmare


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This week has been a week of reflection for me especially when it came to food and how I felt about myself and my body. I have struggled with my weight for years, of course, I know this and so does everyone else. I have discussed it multiple times on this blog but it has only been very recently that I realised I had such an unhealthy relationship with food and that the speed of which I have gained weight is much quicker than I ever thought it was. In fact, so much quicker I was sure I might have been pregnant, because of the rapid weight gain but alas, I wasn't. Due to my PCOS, It took me less than 3 months to gain just under 2 stone so around 13lbs, but it took me 5 months to lose just under 2 stone about 12lbs. How is that fair? All the hard work and healthy eating that goes into losing weight and it would still take less time to eat myself to death than to get to a 'healthy and lower BMI'. It is very hard to be encouraged to keep going with a diet when you know that your own body is against you and everything you do just feels essentially pointless. 

Monday, 3 July 2017

Learn About Butterlifes By Looking After Your Own

So if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you'll know that for the last month or so, My little brother Rupert (he's just turned 4) and I have been growing little butterflies, well caterpillars firstly that grew into butterflies. 

Friday, 30 June 2017

Why I Will Never Stop Discussing My Mental Health Struggle



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So Mental Health is a huge topic at the moment. More and more people are talking about their experiences and coming forward with their struggles putting the seriousness at the forefront of the topic. Celebs like Beyonce and Justin Bieber are openly talking about their own mental health struggles and now more than ever mental health is kicking back and fighting stigma and discrimination in every which way it can.

So I decided it was time to open up about my struggle a bit more in the hopes that people understand more about it. 1 in 4 people are said to struggle with mental health so in a group of only 4 people, one would have mental health. It's now so common to suffer that you will likely know many people who suffer from it without even ever realizing they did.  I myself can think of many people close to me that suffer from it.  There are many many different mental ailments that a person could suffer from and they even believe 1 in 5 children suffer from mental health issues as well. Suicide is one of the top causes of death and self-harm is more common now than ever before. It does not affect any specific; race, gender, sexuality, class etc meaning anyone is susceptible to mental illness. 

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Weightloss Wednesday || It Has Been Disastrous

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So for the last few weeks/months, I've been gone. I took a short break (explained here) and so I haven’t done a Weightloss Wednesday quite some time!

Not much has changed if I'm honest. In fact, I've definitely put on weight rather than taken it off. It has been stressful and very busy few weeks and if I'm honest, because I over eat and binge when emotional I have just eaten crap. It was also my Sisters, Mine and my Brothers birthday this month, and tradition is we have meals out for each birthday, so I've eaten out a lot too. It has also been very hot and while most people stop eating in the heat, I'm the opposite. I've eaten more things like ice-cream etc to try and keep cool! 
I seem to be craving sweet food, which is very annoying, The things with the most sugar in and I hate it. I want to be able to say, yes I'm losing weight and feeling confident. I want to have good news to share, but the fact I haven't eaten myself to death yet is great nIws i suppose!

Monday, 26 June 2017

The Best Quotes From 20 Years Of The Harry Potter Series

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Today, 26th of June 2017, marks the 20 year anniversary of one of the greatest stories ever told. Before ever becoming a movie, Harry Potter was a novel, written by JK Rowling. 12 publishers rejected it, and only 1 saw its potential, Bloomsbury, and what started after that was 20 years of magic and love. 7 books and 8 films later and it's one of the best-known stories in the world. Both the books and films have won numerous awards and even to this day new theories and information come out about the wizarding world.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

I'm Excited To Be Back. Why The Break From Blogging & Social Media?

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So some of you may have realised I've been gone for a while. It has been nearly 4 weeks since I posted anything on my blog, Instagram and even Pinterest. While my twitter was still active I tried to limit my usage of that platform as well. It was very sudden, short but so needed. I have definitely missed it all, crazily as soon as I took a break I wanted to get back into it!